The average American spends about 1,600 hours per year in the car, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. And while most of us are too busy trying to get to work (or wishing we could get out of it), very few of us think about ways to make that journey more enjoyable.
The holidays are a time to add a little joy into our lives, and if you have a friend or family member who’s a wannabe gearhead, then getting a gift that reflects their passion is a great way to brighten their day.
So here are some gift ideas for the car lover in your life:
Projection headlights turn a dull driving experience into a spectacular light show. With wide-angle lenses and bright colour palettes, they can elevate even the darkest night into a colourful wonderland.
The best part? They’re easy to install so that you can have an instant party on wheels.
**So, what are projection headlights?**
When you think of flashy headlight kits, LED strips are probably the first thing that comes to mind. While they’re not projection headlights by definition, many of them do have tinted lenses that project onto your car’s hood, giving it a layered effect. Though LEDs are often used in flashier headlight configurations, projection headlights go back to basics. Vintage cars used Fresnel lenses to accomplish the same effect.
To make this effect work for you, all you need is a lens (typically made of glass), some water (to keep your lens clean), and a projector (typically LED lights).
A sound system
If your guy is the type of person who loves to play music loud, he’ll love a sound system. Great options will allow him to hook up his phone and play his favourite songs with ease. I love the Eos Wireless Speaker System. It comes in various colours, looks really cool, and is incredibly easy to set up. There are also speakers called the Keivo Floating Bluetooth Speakers. They are unique because they float in water, making them an exciting choice for people who spend a lot of time in the pool or at the beach. Or you could get him some excellent wireless headphones, which is great for anyone who listens to music while he’s working out.
The keychain is a great gift idea for men. If your dad loves to play with his keys, this is a great way to show him you care. The keychain is a little unique because it’s designed to hold keys, but it’s also very functional. There are even keychains that have tiny pictures of your kids or pet engraved on them. How sweet. You can find cheap keychains or expensive ones. You can even buy them in bulk for car lots or car dealerships. It doesn’t matter where you buy them; the idea is the same. Giving a good old dad an excellent old fashioned keychain will make him feel special.
Car Scent-Air fresheners can be a thoughtful gift for those who love cars, as it is an accessory that goes with every ride and lasts for a long time. It is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re in a luxurious hotel every time you get in the car. There is also a wide variety of scents available for this car accessory.
Car Shampoo – Never underestimate the power of soap and water – it is sometimes the best and most thoughtful gift you could ever give someone. Cars need to be washed regularly, and sometimes with something as simple and affordable as soap and water, you could brighten up your day!
Tire Pressure Monitors – Most cars come with a tire pressure sensor/monitor, but consider buying one for them if yours doesn’t! It helps remind you to check the pressure of your tires regularly so that you won’t be faced with a flat tire or, worse – a blowout.
Car Steering Wheel Desk
It turns out that cars and computers have a lot in common. They both can receive instructions, respond to those instructions, and if they don’t like those instructions, they’ll shut down. Your computer and your smartphone both try to do this all the time, but your car, thankfully, won’t turn off or mute you while you’re driving.
You know that feeling you get when you drive your car into the garage, and you see all of your tools and auto parts on the wall? Well, it’s everything they’ve ever wanted. These magnetic socket holders can be arranged any way they like. They’re available from Dff Parts and work great as car gifts.
Oil and Air Filter:
Whether you know a serious car lover or a casual enthusiast, always make sure they’re using the best accessories for their vehicle. A good filter will protect your loved one’s engine and ensure maximum performance. This double pack of oil and air filters from Bosch is available on Amazon and offers a great price.
The easiest gift to give someone, remote starts are great for those cold starts in the morning or taking the chill out of a hot car in the afternoon. A remote start works by allowing the user to start their car from a further distance than is possible with traditional key fobs.
Car care kit
Almost every car fanatic has at least one (if not more) set of nice rims they want to protect. This year, give them everything they need to keep their shiny rims looking new with a kit full of tire shine, paint protectants and natural oils. For the DIY fanatic, this is also a fantastic birthday or Father’s Day gift idea.
Car chargers are another gift idea.
They’re efficient, but they can be fun too. There are tons of high-quality chargers out there like Mophie, Belkin, Scosche and Anker. They’ll keep your guy’s phone charged while he’s commuting or on long road trips. If your guy uses his car to commute to work, you can also get him some new floor mats. Floor mats can be purchased for under $20 and will make his car look much better.
Still, looking for gift ideas for the guy who loves cars? Popular Mechanics has a list of 25 gift ideas that will make him happy.